DAVID KORESH: The Vernon Howell Epistles


by David Koresh

Transcribed by Marc Breault

"He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily." Nah. 2:1.

"Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him." Amos 5:18-20.

"You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" Amos 3:2-8.

"And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices." Rev. 10:1-3.

"And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth LIFTED UP HIS HAND to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever...that there should be time no longer: but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel (Rev. 14:17), when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God SHOULD BE finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets (in the judgment of the living). And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth." Rev. 10:5-8.

"A record of a divine survey of this world's history from creation to redemption would be of great importance at this present time. In an age of infidelity, atheism, and hypocrisy, men who profess to be wise in secular, as well as RELIGIOUS MATTERS, have lost sight of the source of true wisdom and knowledge 'Because that, when they knew God they glorified Him (Them) not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they (have) become fools.' (Rom. 1:21,22.) Even those who profess to be teachers of righteousness, have forfeited their faith in the biblical reckoning of creation. God having knowledge of the present deceptive denial of His holy Word, has devised a prophetic blue-print in symbols of beasts, wings, ribs, horns, heads, crowns, etc., by which He points out in this prophetic panorama, the facts, with a force that SHOULD humiliate men and show them their utter ignorance and lack of wisdom." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 41.

"Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time (1930), even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created NOW, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine EAR was not opened; for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor form the womb. For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off." Isa. 48:6-9.

There are many today throughout Christendom who feel that they have a calling of God to proclaim the day of the Lord--the second coming. Those blessed few feel it their divine duty to gather the 144,000 from the church.

Our Lord directed the disciples to leave the man alone who was casting out devils in His name. Many may justify themselves that they fall into the category of the man casting out devils, while the uninformed disciples are busy hindering them in their work. If this be the case, at present, what utter confusion there must be both for the man and the disciples.


Where is the Lord?

This is a question of vital importance to us now. For any man in his right mind should know that the Lord, and the Lord only, could straighten these things out for the Lord knows all things (John 2:24,25).

"But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men (human understanding). Then said Jesus unto his DISCIPLES, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever shall save his life (in this world for his own selfish purpose) shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life (make God's interest his sole interest) for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man GIVE in exchange for his soul?" Matt. 16-23-26. "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters (Ezek. 47; Joel 3:18), and he that hath no money (if all we have is the Lord's, we have no money of our own--read Luke 17:10) come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good (butter and honey--Isa. 7), and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your EAR, and come unto me: HEAR (that which shall be given in exchange for your souls), and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people." Isa. 55:1-4. (Read verses 5-13.)

"Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation." Zech. 2:13.

"And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan (an adversary) standing at his right hand to resist him (hindering his work). And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jersualem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments (symbol of sins), and stood before the angel...And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; If thou wilt walk in MY WAYS, and if thou wilt keep MY CHARGE, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by (read 2 Ki. 6:16,17).

"HEAR (the great price) now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and (not only thou but) thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH (special resurrection). For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes (complete vision): behold, I will engrave the graving thereof (as was the law on Sinai), saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one DAY." Zech. 3:1-3, 6-9.

As we can see, the Lord speaks through his angel (messenger); not only are the people commanded to hear and obey, but Joshua, likewise.

So, now we have found the Lord (the angel).

Where is Joshua?

Will the real Joshua of today please reveal himself (herself)? The Lord demands obedience: "if (conditional) thou wilt keep my charge."

"Come, now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins (garments) be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat of the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword (Ezek. 22): for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers (haters of truth). Thy silver is become dross, they wine mixed with water." Isa 1:18-22. Naturally those who go on living independently of God (angel of the Lord) are not only committing wickedness, even though unconsciously, but are also laboring in vain. Furthermore, their eating in darkness (that which is not bread), not having Divine light on the subject, causes them to eat food such as brings, not strength, but sorrow, wrath, and sickness." --Entering Wedge, No. 1, p. 38. (Read middle paragraph.)

"Early Writings, page 277 says: 'I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of some important event. Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give POWER and FORCE to his message. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory...This message seemed to be an addition to the third message.' It seems in the expression, 'the angels hurrying to and fro', the author has reference to the fulfillment of Ezekiel 9; and then follows the mighty angel of the loud cry of Rev 18:1." --Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, pp. 35, 36. (Second and third angel.)

"We see before us a special work to be done...the fourteenth chapter of Revelation is a chapter of the deepest interest. This scripture will soon be understood in all its bearings, and the message given to John the Revelator will be repeated with distinct utterance." --Review & Herald, October 13, 1904. (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300.) (So the 12 -- 144,000 -- can know not to bother the man casting out devils.)

"From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard SONGS, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My LEANNESS, my LEANNESS, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers hath dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously. Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth." Isa. 24:16, 17.

"Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow;; for their wickedness is great. MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:13, 14. (Rev. 14:17.)

"O JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee. How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not. Behold, your house is left unto you desolate (unless you repent)." Matt. 23:37, 38.

"And he said unto his father, MY HEAD, MY HEAD. And he said to a lad, Carry him unto his mother." 2 Ki. 4:19.

"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, MY FATHER, MY FATHER, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in TWO PIECES." 2 Ki. 2:11, 12.

"Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O MY FATHER, MY FATHER, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. The Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord's deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria." 2 Ki. 13:14-17.

"Who hath declared from the beginning that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that showeth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words. The first (that shows and declares) shall say to Zion, BEHOLD, BEHOLD, them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth GOOD TIDINGS. For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word (against the angel of Zechariah 3)." Isa. 41:26-28.

"Then the angel that talketh with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might (army), nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain (church)? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, GRACE, GRACE unto it." Zech. 4:5-7.

"I create the fruit of the lips: PEACE, PEACE to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him." Isa. 57:19.

"The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom (Joshua) shall see thy name: hear (the great price) ye the rod and Who (but the Lord) hath appointed it." Mic. 6:9.

"Woe is me, for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat (harvest over): my soul desired the firstripe fruit." Mic. 7:1. (Jer. 8:13, 20-22.)

"Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in BASHAN and GILEAD, AS IN days of old." Mic. 7:14.

"And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a SHARP SICKLE. And another ANGEL came out from the altar, which had POWER OVER FIRE; and he cried with a loud cry to him that had a SHARP sickle, saying, Thrust in thy SHARP sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth (false church leaders) and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God." Rev. 14:17-19. (Joel 3:13.)

"AWAKE, AWAKE; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself form the bands of thy neck, O CAPTIVE daughter of Zion...Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion." Isa. 52:1, 2, 8.

"When the Lord turned the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream (sleep)." Ps. 126:1.

"And the angel that talked with me came again, and WAKED ME, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep." Zech. 4:1. "Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me." Jer. 31:26.

"I will also CLOTHE her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp (candlestick) for mine anointed." Ps. 132:16,17.

"And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I HAVE looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps THEREON, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof...So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, , my lord." Zech. 4:2,4,5,6.

"And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth." Rev. 11:3,4.

"While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at MIDNIGHT there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him." Matt. 25:5,6.

"And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter (Jonah), Simon, sleepest thou? couldest thou not watch one hour (fourteen days)?...And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners." Mark 14:36,37,41.

"And he spake unto them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand...Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, til all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkedness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a SNARE shall it come upon all of them that dwell on the face of the whole earth." Luke 21:29,30,32-35.

"And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began (will begin) to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King." Luke 23:1,2.

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world (even the church, too) should be taxed." Luke 2:1.

"Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or no?...Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's. And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's." Luke 20:22,24,25.

"What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free." Matt. 17:25,26,27.

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." Rev. 11:15.

"Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab (delivered Rahab--Protestant Reformation), and wounded the dragon?...Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they (Joshua and thy fellows that sit before thee) shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; and forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?" Isa. 51:9-13.

"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the ARM of the Lord revealed? Isa. 53:1.

"Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that DAY that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I." Isa. 52:6.

"And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven." Rev. 10:5.

"For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live forever. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me." Deut. 32:40,41.

"A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished: it is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, AS EVERY TREE. And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled (used by a man): this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer...Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together, and let the sword be DOUBLED the third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers (secret sins). I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter. Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left (sheep or goats), whithersoever thy face is set. I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the Lord have said it." Ezek. 21:9-11; 14-17.

"And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach (unconverted to God's system of rule); even say thou, The SWORD, the SWORD is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering: whiles they (the wicked) see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee (saying it will not come to pass), to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end." Ezek. 21:28,29.

"He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him." Prov. 18:13.

"Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility." Prov. 18:12.

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Prov. 18:10.

"Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart (ways of thinking); nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand." Prov. 19:20,21.

"Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying." Prov. 19:18.

"Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge (the great price). Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell." Prov. 23:12-14.

"For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off." Prov. 23:18.

"Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding." Prov. 23:23.

"He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." Prov. 29:1.

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Prov. 28:13.

"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother (Holy Spirit) to shame...Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul." Prov. 29:15,17.

"What can all this mean? -- Just this: Joshua is Heaven's appointed judge, ruler. He himself is crowned as such. And in response to the Lord's Own command, Joshua crowns (authorizes) his helpers whom the Lord Himself names. In other words, as members of 'the house of David,' Joshua authorizes them to engage in the work. So, Joshua is responsible to the Lord (angel), but his helpers are responsible to Joshua. Here is seen an organization having a Leader and an under leader--the Lord and Joshua. Thus it is that whatever is to be bound on earth (by Joshua's organization), is also to be bound in Heaven (Matt. 16:19).

"As concretely as Heaven can make it, this symbolism depicts that God's people in this final work are not to labor at cross purposes. All are to speak the same thing. So it is that His Watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.' Isa. 52:8. The His people shall be called 'The Holy people, The redeemed of the Lord,' 'Sought out, A city not forsaken' (Isa. 62:12)." --Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 8 (Reprint), pp. 26,27. (Read Proverbs 31.)

Dear brethren, far and near. This letter is sent unto you on behalf of the Lord. The foundation is laid--a sure platform-- on which the Lord desires laborers to come and to help in building this wonderful temple (Ezek. 40).

Come to New Mt. Carmel Center, Rt. 7, Box 471-B, Waco, Texas, 76705, that we may hear the word of the Lord.

Read Heb. 1:1; 2Tim. 3;16; 2:19,20; 1Thess. 5:19-21; Eph. 4:30; 11-14; 2:19-22; Gal. 1:8-12; 2Cor. 13:17,18; 1Cor. 14:29-33; 12:27,28; 12:3; 7:20-23; 3:16,17; 2:7-16; Rom. 16:25; 12:3-6; 8:13-18; Heb. 12:4-13. 12:25; Rev. 19:9-13; 1Cor. 3:10,11; Eph. 2:20; 1Tim. 6:19; 2Tim. 2:19; Heb. 4:3; 11:10; Rev. 13:8; 12:14; Isa. 14:32; Matt. 7:25.

V.W.H. Jezreel
December 12, 1983

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